Running back to visit Green Bay

Among the players scheduled to make a pre-draft visit to Green Bay is a running back who is expected to be a first round pick

Marshawn Lynch will soon be meeting with Green Bay Packers officials for a pre-draft visit, according to his agent. The blue-chip running back made a visit to Baltimore this week and is expected to meet with other NFL teams as well prior to the draft.

Many draft experts feel that the Packers will select Lynch with the 16th overall pick in the NFL draft, if he is available. Other teams with selections before Green Bay, like Buffalo, Atlanta and Cleveland also are in the market for a running back. The Bills and Tennessee Titans each met with San Diego restricted free agent Michael Turner this week, so that could affect where Lynch is selected depending if one of those teams deals for Turner.

In the past two seasons, Lynch has rushed for 2,602 yards and 21 touchdowns while catching 49 passes for the Golden Bears.

Packers coach Mike McCarthy said at the team's Fan Fest in March that he has met with Lynch twice this off-season.

"I think he has a very bright future," McCarthy said.

The Packers are seeking a replacement for Ahman Green, who left via free agency for Houston. Vernand Morency and Noah Herron are currently the top backs on the depth chart for the Packers.

Besides meeting with the Ravens, Lynch also has visited the Cleveland Browns. Along with the Packers, Lynch is scheduled to visit the Titans, Dallas Cowboys, Bills, Detroit Lions and Atlanta Falcons, according to his agent, Doug Hendrickson, of Octagon Sports.

"It's a two-back draft with Adrian Peterson and Marshawn," Hendrickson said. "Personally, I don't see Marshawn getting past Green Bay. I could see him going even higher to Buffalo or maybe Atlanta. It's hard to predict.

"Down the road, I believe he'll be the best back coming out of this draft. He's only 20 years old and he has a very similar build to LaDainian Tomlinson with unbelievable hands."

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